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karl is in washington and has more on all this. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. there is no presidential candidate with more momentum right now than michele bachmann. ♪ my home in -- >> reporter: no republican presidential candidate has taken a harder line on the debt ceiling showdown than michele bachmann. >> we were all shocked and appalled that president obama dangled out in front of the cameras that senior citizens may not get their checks. that's a very dangerous statement to make. we don't believe -- excuse me. excuse me. we don't believe that for a moment. >> reporter: tough talk from bachmann is nothing new but she now speaks with new-found authority as a top tier contender for the republican presidential nomination. a new national poll puts bachmann firmly in second place as the leading challenger to front-runner mitt romney. and in key first caucus state iowa, three separate polls over the past week put bachmann in first place. >> republican primary voters are looking for somebody who has -- brings some excitement, who brings something different to t
race than he was a few weeks ago. jon, we were talking earlier on the surface it seems like a few points shift but given the backdrop of this economy and unemployment it's pretty dramatic. >> and the factor seems to be the debt ceiling standoff. take a look at the numbers against mitt romney, the president last opened up a lead, a pretty significant lead you see there of 51% to 44%. the lead is even more dramatic against other other candidate. look where he was a month ago, mitt romney was tied with president obama. the big factor here, in fact, the only factor that has really changed is that independent voters have moved away from the republicans and towards the president. >> so independent voters watching the debt showdown and weighing in. >> reporter:s that sea exactly right and don't like the way the republicans have been handling it. >> speaking of the republicans you take a look at how they're stacking up with the race. a familiar name starting to inch up. >> romney is still the front-runner if you look at the republican field. but look who is number two, not even a candidat
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